About the Course
As the summer turns to autumn, and the beech trees already begin to get tipped with yellow, it is an excellent time to visit the plant world and to harvest some of the fruits from the summer just gone by. By 'fruits' we should include not just the juicy apples and the ripening rosehips, but also the aromatic essences that have matured in the warmth of July and August.
We will delve into the realm of essential oils - we will distil oils from several plants and explore ways that essential oils and aromatic waters can carry the warmth of summer through the winter and into the spring!
These plant-retreats take us on a journey into the seasonal life of the plants growing in Trill Farm's fields, forests and meadows. We will be engaging our hands, heads and hearts in a deepening of our understanding of the plant world while also learning practical ways for bringing plants into our lives for enhanced health and wellbeing. This journey into the plant world is informed by artistic, contemplative and creative activities as well as by Jonathan's many years of study, work and research in holistic science and natural philosophy. Come join us on this journey meeting the remarkable plants that make Trill Farm their home.
Suitable for adults with a wish to reconnect with the land in its changes through all the seasons and the weather that this brings. A large part of the time will be spent exploring outdoors regardless of the weather conditions, bring sturdy boots (wellies are best), appropriate clothing and an open and reflective mindset. Please bring a notepad and writing materials and a camera if you would like.
Course Leader - Jonathan Code
Jonathan is the Director of, and lecturer with, Crossfields Institute International. His interest in plants reaches back to his childhood spent in the Canadian Shield country of Ontario, Canada. His approach to the study and engagement with plants integrates science, art and 'natural philosophy' and is rooted in experiential and creative ways of knowing. A sensitive engagement with the plant world has been a doorway for Jonathan into re-enlivening our connection with the natural world, to developing holistic approaches to science, and to exploring creative possibilities for health and wellbeing. Jonathan is a gardener, teacher, researcher and author. His book Muck and Mind: Encountering Biodynamic Agriculture is published by Lindisfarne Press (2014).
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What's included in the price?
Lunches provided each day by the Old Dairy Kitchen.
All materials and tools provided.
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